Architecture as a participative process, rather than an ‘a priori’, abstracting regeneration framework, is the focus of Remake – We make, evoking and enacting in real time principles of socially distributed urbanism. Community-engaged placemaking, embracing the handmade, the small scale and the improvisational have more positive impact on the social and political life of the city. These activities are reevaluating architecture’s social contract and organisational models, fostering fresh collaborative processes and deployments of local materials, crafts and skills. The site becomes a heart of educational interaction, overcoming the typical disconnection between the public and the processes by which spaces are made, and opening new possibilities for the building of social, ecological and health capital.
Curator Lucy Bullivant – founder and Editor-in-chief of the webzine Urbanista.org, and a professor of urban design history and theory – has conceived of a space for both making and learning. WORKSHOP architecture (WSa) will lead a participative design-build process to make a multi-use structure using local recycled materials from urban villages and reuse facilities in Shenzhen and further afield in the Pearl River Delta, in collaboration with Assistant Professor Xin Guo, Department of Architecture, University of Shenzhen and Assistant Professor Yan Gao, Department of Architecture, University of Hong Kong,. Remake We Make is a hub screening videos by film director Paul McHale about the work of WSa and other innovative practitioners working with local people: the collective Assemble, 00 Architecture + Studio Weave and Carl Turner Architects, a design-build workshop for small craft items and a discussion and service space. The project is supported by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture (DOGA) and other private donors.